Emile Hirsch Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail for Studio Exec Assault

Emile Hirsch has pled guilty to assault for putting a female Hollywood studio executive in a chokehold while at a Utah nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Making a plea deal with prosecutors on Monday (August 17, 2015), the 30-year-old will consequently spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine, do 50 hours of community service, and attend “aftercare” sessions.

His charges will be dismissed if he completes his sentence, and if he fails to meet the criteria, he will go back to jail for a year.

Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, told police that on January 25, 2015 while at a party at Tao nightclub in Park City, the Ten Thousand Saints actor put her in a chokehold, dragged her across a table and then body slammed her to the floor.

Witnesses say he was slurring his words and drunk, and he later claimed (and reiterated Monday) that he couldn’t remember anything.

At the time of the incident, TMZ reported that according to police,“Hirsch appeared intoxicated and asked [movie exec Daniele Bernfeld] why she looked ‘so tough’ and said she was a ‘rich kid’ who should not be at Sundance.”

Since the incident, Summit County Attorney Robert Hilder says Hirsch entered rehab after the incident and has been sober and remorseful since. The Hollywood Reporter notes, “Prosecutors know Hirsch was drinking that night and was taking medication that may have mixed with the alcohol, Hilder said, acknowledging that it is troubling Hirsch can’t explain why he did what he did.”

In a statement made by Bernfield’s attorney, she said she is unhappy with the ruling and plea deal, thinks the punishment should have been tougher, and “the violent and unprovoked attack have caused long-lasting effects beyond the physical injuries,” THR notes.

It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued. I thought I was going to die…

If a violent attack in front of a roomful of witnesses can be labeled a misdemeanor and dismissed, what of women who are assaulted while alone in hallways or bathrooms, or behind the closed doors of their own homes?

[The Hollywood Reporter]